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Executive Officers

Rebecca Turner, MS Chief Executive Officer


Prior to joining The Collective for Hope team in May 2013, Rebecca provided economic development leadership in multiple rural Iowa and Nebraska communities. Her earliest non-profit employment included fundraising and program work for the Iowa Women’s Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and a master’s degree from St. Ambrose University. She was drawn to serve The Collective for Hope through personal connection to the mission and serves on the membership & education committee of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Rebecca is a proud graduate of the Non-profit Executive Institute, the Omaha Community Foundation’s Capacity Building program, and TE2AM: Building Culture. She brings passions for organizational leadership, philanthropy, innovation, and collaboration.


Finance / Operations

Anica Marcum, Operations Coordinator


The Collective for Hope has had a special place in Anica’s heart since 2009, when she was part of Ted E. Bear Hollow’s first Young Adults Group (YAG). From the moment she first started receiving services, she looked for opportunities to volunteer and join the staff. Often referred to as the agency’s glue, Anica’s rich background in customer service and financial processing has been a gift to the agency. She now coordinates a majority of the organization’s routine operations, including support services for the partner-tenants joining The Collective for Hope on its new campus.


Philanthropy & Marketing

Kelly Morris, CFM Director of Philanthropy & Marketing


Kelly has been a member of The Collective for Hope community for nearly 15 years, her involvement spanning support group participation and many volunteer positions. Before she joined the agency’s staff in 2017, the majority of Kelly’s career had been in outside sales, marketing, and sales team management, but, at The Collective for Hope, she found a passion and exceptional talent for non-profit philanthropy. Kelly has earned several fundraising and marketing certificates over the past few years, thus elevating the agency’s visibility and fundraising success. She is ecstatic when her efforts help shine a light in the darkness.

Philanthropy & Marketing Contractor

Tyesha JV Nared, Marketing and Events Coordinator




Sandy Lemen, Program Manager


Sandy Lemen joined The Collective for Hope after more than a decade in customer service and project management at The Knot and The Bump. She is also the proud artist/owner of a small business that produces bereavement jewelry and gifts. Her volunteerism, prior to joining The Collective for Hope’s team included work at a variety of hospice agencies. Sandy has a big heart and a great talent for supporting the staff, contractors, and volunteers in her charge. You’ll find her managing the majority of the agency’s program contractors and volunteers, when she’s not curating/developing the agency’s Gifts of Hope.

Program Contractors

Valerie Height, LCSW, LMHP, On-call Mental Health Consultation


Katie Higgins and Kristin Chandler, MS Monthly Support Groups and Family Days Coordinators


Breina Romero, Spanish Language Support Services and Immigration Loss Support Group Coordinator


Tanya Shute-Kady, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group Coordinator


Emily Fowler, Caregivers and Serious Illness/Injury Support Group Coordinator



Outreach, Education, and Inclusion

Alex Jurgens, MSOL Senior Education & Inclusion Coordinator


Alex has a deep history in and commitment to serving non-profits. His passion for inclusion work and his personal experience with losing a loved one connected him not only to The Collective for Hope’s mission but to the agency’s vision and values as well. Alex received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from College of Saint Mary’s. Alex is a firm believer in the power of human connection and how it helps people overcome difficult life circumstances. He is inspired by The Collective for Hope’s trajectory and the opportunity to connect organizations and schools throughout the region with quality grief and survivorship support and education. Ask Alex to provide a workshop for your team!


Training & Edcuation CONTRACTOR

Breanna Thompson, Training & Education Consultant